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DAVID DALLAS: Big money, college football and your vote

Apparently there are some kind of national elections coming up in a month. Really. It’s true. They call them the “mid-term” elections. With everything going on at home and abroad, it’s shaping up to be a pretty important one for the future of our state and nation. However, save for a few dedicated souls and […] [...]

TODD SMITH — 5 hottest Twitter innovations from big brands

Big name brands are testing myriad interactions on Twitter these days to stand out. While some marketers are bulking up their tweets with buttons to drive sales, some of the most interesting uses aren’t about social media at all. Instead, brands such as Mountain Dew, Specialized bikes and Evian enlist Twitter in conjunction with traditional […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Buckle up for a wild ride in the Jackson drug scene

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: books, Business, literature, Mississippi

Fasten your seatbelt before delving into Philip Shirley’s second work of fiction, The White Lie. It’s a crime thriller that quickly pulls the reader in for a wild ride. Drug lords in Jackson, Mississippi? Innocent citizens who get pulled into this web of intrigue? That and more are woven into this tight, fast-paced story. The […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Michelle Phillips grows into role as senior executive at BHN

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Bladder Health Network, Business, column, Mississippi

I  have noticed that there is a certain drive that motivates great leaders to try harder, reach further, and persist in the face of challenges. Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” We all have challenges in life. […] [...]

OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, David Watkins, editorial, Farish Street, HUD, Mississippi, opinion

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: Dennis Lockhart gives reason for optimism, with a couple of caveats

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Business, Federal Reserve, Mississippi

R ecently, we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and one of the influential policy makers in terms of fiscal policy.  Dennis took office in the sprint of 2007, and had just enough time to get settled in the job before […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Why your sales process or sales system doesn’t work

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

Are you being forced to sell someone else’s way? Are you uncomfortable using a “system” of selling? I read a report yesterday stating that 70% of all sales systems and sales initiatives fail. I have no idea who created that number (personally, I use 74% for all my statistical reports), but the point is clear. […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Measurement plus metrics equals PR success & branding relevance

Measurement and metrics are integral and complex parts of our PR world, and it’s increasingly being driven by social media in the digital domain. In fact, the branding, PR, marketing and ad industries recently converged in Measurement Week 2014 in New York, a four-day conference focused on all things measurement, analytics, media success and ROI. […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Embracing a different approach to end-of-life care

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Book Biz, books, Business, Louann Lofton, Mississippi, NEWS

I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re interested in how our society and medical community treat end-of-life decisions in the 21st century, Katy Butler’s remarkable Knocking on Heaven’s Door is enlightening, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. Butler is a journalist […] [...]

Martin Willoughby talks to Joel Bomgar

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Joel Bomgar is the founder of Bomgar Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise remote support solutions.  The company had an ownership change in May when TA Associates, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in the company.   MW: Joel, what has life been like for you after the Bomgar ownership change?   […] [...]

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